“Dr. Danger,” on location with his Sennheiser MKE 2 Gold lavaliere microphone New York (July 30, 2007)–For cable network MOJO’s reality show Dr. Danger, Dr. Arnot has traveled with an elite troop of Somali gunmen, raced bareback on an elephant through the world’s wildest nature reserve, and free-rappelled 500 feet into the mouth of a remote Middle Eastern cave. Through all of it, his Sennheiser MKE 2 Gold lavaliere microphone has delivered audio in some rather harsh environments.
Because of the nature of Dr. Arnot’s adventures, which typically require mobility and speed, the show’s HD camera operator also serves as the sound recordist. The team travels with two Sennheiser MKE 2 Gold microphones and Evolution 100 wireless transmitters and receivers. Dr. Arnot always wears one of the MKE 2 miniature microphones, and its omni-directional pickup pattern mixes his voice with an appropriate amount of ambient sound. They reserve the second microphone for a local host, who typically leads Dr. Arnot on the adventure of the day.
Hannah Lintner, of Essex Television Group and the show’s producer, commented, “Sound quality is crucial. Shooting in HD gives you an amazing picture, but if viewers can’t hear what’s being said, they’ll change the channel. The Sennheiser MKE 2 Gold lavs are crystal clear. Everything that’s being said–or shouted–sounds immediate and present.”
On Dr. Danger, the mics have been subjected to 130-degree heat, sand storms, gale force winds, and tremendous physical punishment. “Since these mics came back alive, it’s proof they can take anything!” Lintner laughed.